Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert was one of nearly two dozen stalwart Republicans who refused for days to back Kevin McCarthy for speaker, but it appears as though her eventual support has paid off in the form of a choice House committee assignment.
Newsweek reported January 17, 2023 evening that the Colorado Republican landed a spot on the coveted and influential House Oversight Committee, having been assigned the seat by the McCarthy-led House Steering Committee.
The outlet noted: “The appointment gives the outspoken Colorado Republican outsized influence on looming investigations into three-letter agencies like the CIA and FBI that McCarthy—whom Boebert vocally opposed for the speaker post—had hinted at in the lead-up to Republicans taking the majority this past November”.
The appointment, which Lauren Boebert announced in a tweet, comes even after her public rebukes of McCarthy in the media as well as on the House floor in the days prior to the start of the 118th Congress, in which she voted for someone other than McCarthy more than a dozen times before finally yielding.
I’m honored to be joining the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability.
Chairman @RepJamesComer, let’s get to work!
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) January 17, 2023
During one particularly tense moment during a speaker vote, Boebert declared, “Let’s stop with the campaign smears and tactics to get people to turn against us, even having my favorite president [Donald Trump] call us and tell us we need to knock this off.
“I think it actually needs to be reversed—the president needs to tell [Representative] Kevin McCarthy that ‘sir, you do not have the votes and it’s time to withdraw’”, she added at the time.
But all of that appears to have been resolved, as evidenced by Boebert’s assignment, and it serves as more evidence of some last-minute dealmaking between McCarthy and the GOP holdouts in order for him to secure their support.
“We changed the way bills will be passed”, Boebert said in a news release at the time. “We changed the way the government will be funded. We changed the ways committees will be formed. We secured votes on term limits, the fair tax, the Texas Border Plan, and so much more”.
A statement from Boebert’s office following her appointment noted: “As an advocate for transparency and reform, I will pursue the truth, conduct effective oversight, and fight to root out waste, fraud, and abuse throughout the federal government.
“I look forward to working with Chairman James Comer and supporting his mission to eliminate mismanagement in the federal government by investigating the border and fentanyl crises, COVID relief fraud, government collusion with big tech to censor Americans, the botched Afghanistan withdrawal, the energy crisis, COVID origins, and the Biden family’s shady business schemes”, she added.
Earlier this week, the Colorado Republican suggested that a disclosure form from Hunter Biden listing what was reported to be a massive monthly rent payment to his father, Joe Biden, was really a money-laundering operation worthy of an investigation.
According to the New York Post, Hunter Biden lived at the Delaware home in question, off and on, where recent news reports said classified documents were kept in a garage, suggesting they were not very secure. Also during the same period, Hunter was addicted to drugs, made shady foreign business deals, and fell under federal investigation, all while having access to the documents.
“The now-52-year-old began listing the Wilmington home as his address following his 2017 divorce from ex-wife Kathleen Buhle — even falsely claiming he owned the property on a July 2018 background check form as part of a rental application,” The Post reported.
The New York Post columnist Miranda Devine, author of a book detailing Hunter Biden’s scandalous laptop, posted a photo of the application, indicating that he was paying “rent” of nearly $50,000 per month, though the highest rent for homes in that same area, according to a Zillow search, top out at about US$6,000 per month.
That led Boebert to tweet: “Paying $50,000 a month in rent is just not something that normal people do. That sounds a whole lot like a money laundering operation that needs to be investigated”.
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